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Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Game Wave (2005)

Re-Wind is a trivia quiz game that can be played with up to six players simultaneously. It includes questions in...

Game Wave (2006)

Re-Wind 2005 is the sequel to the trivia quiz game Re-Wind and it is completely identical in overall gameplay, with...

Game Wave (2007)

Re-Wind 2006 is the third and final game in the trivia quiz game series. It is completely identical in overall...

rFactor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

rFactor is a racing simulation game that focuses on user generated content. The game allows the player to race in...

rFactor: Special Edition 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

rFactor Special Edition 2008 is a special release of the racing game rFactor. This version installs rFactor version 1.255 and...

Browser (2005)

RIB Challenge is intended to advertise the RIBs 4 kids course (RYA Powerboat Level 1) at Salcombe Powerboat School, which...

Richard Burns Rally Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and Gizmondo (2005)

Licensed by the late 2001 World Rally Champion, Richard Burns, this rally game tries to find a niche by adding...

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Enter into fishing competition with your partner and Bass Master Pro, Rich Tauber. This early simulator offers more than 20...

Ride! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Ride! is a simulation of the equestrian sport and offers three championships. The simulation aspiration is emphasized by the fact...

Riding Hero Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1990)

Riding Hero is a motorcycle racing game with three modes of play: W.G.P. mode, R.P.G. (Story) mode, and Multi-Play mode.In...

Riding Star Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Riding Star is an equestrian simulation where the player has to take care of a horse and ride it in...

Riding Star 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Riding Star 2 is the sequel of Riding Star, a riding simulation released by dtp Entertainment AG for Windows 95/98...

Riding Star 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

Riding Star 3 is the third installment in the Riding Star Series of horse riding sims.In Riding Star 3 the...

Riding Star 3  Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Riding Star 3 is the Nintendo DS version of the third installment of a series of games simulating equitation. The...

Rig'n'Roll Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Rig'n'Roll, which is set in 2014, the player takes the role of a young trucker who goes to the...

Ringside Seat Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Apple II (1983)

Ringside Seat is a realistic simulation of professional boxing, allowing the player to manage the greatest fighters of all time...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Hundreds of ring worlds are converging on our solar system devouring everything on their path. Now it's up to the...

Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

World War 1 saw many advances in technology with new stuff being tested and improved right on the battlefield. Aviation...

Rise of Venice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Rise of Venice is the spiritual successor to the Patrician and Port Royale series. Like those, it focuses on trading...

Rise of Venice: Beyond the Sea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Rise of Venice: Beyond the Sea is an expansion for the trade simulation Rise of Venice. Most notable is the...

River King: A Wonderful Journey PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

STORYA small family at the village of Water Drop spend they're summer vacation at home, all dreaming of one day...

River King: Mystic Valley Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

One day, your sister plunges into a deep sleep and will not wake up. A monster in the forest tells...

Road & Car DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This add-on to Test Drive III lets you drive the Acura NSX and Dodge Stealth RT Turbo, in New England...

Roadracer Bowler Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Sports Illustrated added its name to this pairing of auto-racing and bowling, an early graphical release for both genres. Roadracer...

Road Rash Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1994)

This is a remake of the original Road Rash from the early nineties. For those who have not played the...

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